The bill establishes programs for newly released inmates, raises the monetary felony threshold levels from $500 to $1,2000, and makes it easier for offenders to get jail-time credit for time spent in court-ordered treatment programs. The bill also creates an Alaska Criminal Justice Commission to re-evaluate the state’s sentencing laws with the goal being to find alternatives to incarceration.
Alaska has one of the highest incarceration rates in the nation. Even with the newly opened Goose Creek Correctional Center, the State of Alaska is looking at having to build another prison within 3 years. This bill is aimed, in part, at providing alternatives to incarceration. Two-thirds of Alaska’s inmate population is incarcerated for non-violent crimes.
If you have been charged with a crime, you should contact a criminal defense attorney. Criminal convictions can affect employment applications, gun rights, and often result in substance abuse treatment. Contact the Law Office of Ben Crittenden at 907-771-9002 for a free case evaluation. You can also visit our Criminal Law page or our Blog for more information.